Updated: 06-Feb-2002 Week of 28 January - 3 February 2002

28 Jan. 2002

Anthrax "lessons-learned" workshop

A workshop examining the practical lessons learned in the wake of this autumn's anthrax crisis took place in Ahrweiler, Germany, between 28 and 30 January under the auspices of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC).

The three-day event, which was jointly organised by NATO's Civil Emergency Planning Directorate and the Weapons of Mass Destruction Centre, was attended by some 55 public health management experts from 27 EAPC countries.

The main focus of the workshop was the experience of the US Center for Disease Control. However, presentations outlined the gaps in preparedness which exist in all countries in terms of both crisis and consequence management.

Participants endorsed two concrete proposals, namely a list of "lessons learned" to guide future work and a prioritised list of proposals for future workshops.